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The scope of works for this lavish project included the construction of the main homestead with four sweeping wings radiating from a central multi-room living zone, independent master and guest suites, an outdoor entertaining pavilion, a pool house with gym and bathroom, block work retaining walls, a 40-metre-long water feature, sandstone garden screen walls and sandstone paving. High-quality materials, fixtures and fittings were utilised throughout, including the specialised sandstone walling, the curved metal roofing and the large oak cavity sliding doors. The construction met all of the energy rating and sustainability requirements, and while the build was completed over a period in excess of 18 months, excellent relationships were maintained throughout.
The scope of works called for the construction of a high-end contemporary home, sitting into a slight embankment and taking full advantage of the views to the surrounding hills. Given the feature porte cochere, entry bridge, main deck and horizon pool, the external design also displays exceptional timberwork, stone and other natural materials that blend effortlessly into the landscape. Inside, the first amongst many eye-grabbing features is the polished concrete floor, which moves through to a magnificent open kitchen with a sleek design, utilising space well, and allowing for functionality. Floor-to-ceiling, double-glazed windows along with clerestory highlight glazing accentuate the openness with outstanding natural light.
David Moyle completed his apprenticeship as a carpenter in 2005. In the same year, he established his own company known as Ballarat Construction Management (BCM), of which he is the Managing Director. Since establishing BCM, David Moyle has held several honorary positions in Master Builders’ Ballarat Region including President from 2013 to 2015 and Chairman for Master Builders’ Country Sector in 2014. He is currently a member of Master Builders’ Board of Management. David’s firm has been awarded several Master Builders regional Excellence Awards. The firm’s new headquarters in Ballarat, designed and constructed by David and his team, has also won several Excellence in Construction Awards. He is responsible for many domestic construction projects including the recently completed $1.5M luxurious multi-unit development in Hepburn known as “Clifftop”. David Moyle is a highly competent, technically astute and a well organised Master Builder who enjoys the challenges of technically complex buildings. He carries out his duties in a professional, skilled, orderly and businesslike manner. He is to be commended for earning this award.
The renovation of this 1929 Bijou bungalow comprised of the restoration of the external house and the renovation of the entire interior to provide a single-level apartment-size home. Although there were no heritage overlays, the clients wanted to keep the weatherboard so the entrance hall and two front bedrooms retained the character of the original era of the house. The remaining house and extension now reflect a clean and modern, straight line finish, effectively changing and doubling the interior of the house.
The renovation and upgrade of this home was focused primarily on connecting the home with the natural environment that dominates the precinct. In addition to a diverse selection of timbers specified throughout the interior and exterior, extensive consultation was carried out to ensure the best heating and cooling outcomes. The high-end finishes, clever storage facilities and innovative technologies throughout the home ensure the end product is going to stand the test of time.
The renovation of this Victorian property was based upon converting the existing two-bedroom plus small family room into a modern property with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two living areas and a third-floor viewing area. The use of beautiful reclaimed timber flooring in mixed width and lengths throughout the entire ground floor, and the use of recycled bricks on strategic feature walls, ensured that the traditional feel of the existing part of the home was retained while providing a seamless flow to the modern/industrial-style extension.
This project entailed the removal of every internal wall while retaining the primary shell of the existing dwelling, and projects to the rear with a spectacular living room flowing through to a large and well-designed kitchen. A wet area ‘pod’ is positioned between living and sleeping areas, forming a divisive element as well as structure with which to wrap the building. The timber-lined internal ‘cathedral’ above the living room forms a focus to the living space and creates a sense of light and space, which flows through to the deck, yard and swimming pool area. Scrupulous detailing and meticulous workmanship make this project a showcase piece for fine timber craftsmanship.
Taking advantage of the large double block and expansive views overlooking Louttit Bay and the sweeping coastline, this project transformed the existing double-brick shell cut into the hillside into a contemporary family beach house. Entering the first floor from street level, one walks into a light-filled foyer featuring glass and spotted gum. The main living area comprises an open-plan living space that flows out onto the deck, with bedrooms at each end. The ground floor consists of a contemporary lounge/games room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kids’ playhouse and the garage.
This Edwardian residence has been transformed into a sophisticated urban oasis. A waterfall-fed pool, lit by translucent glazing to the rear lane, links the courtyard and studio building to provide a dramatic view from the kitchen and living spaces. Expansive glazing, custom timber cladding and hand-sewn leather staircase handrails showcase attention to detail, while reverence for the heritage fabric of the home is reflected in the reinstatement of the external street façade. The new extension, wrapping street and laneway in a smooth brick curve, provides a dramatic contrast to the original red brick of the structure. The result is a home of sophistication, showcasing a rich palette of natural materials and refined appointment.
The Fremont 250 is an attractive new home, particularly for those wanting a four-bedroom home that makes the best use of a block. It also offers features often only seen in larger homes, such as an open-plan kitchen with walk-in pantry, a separate study/home office, a family room plus rumpus room and an outdoor alfresco dining area for year-round entertaining. Special attention has been given to the large master bedroom, designed with dual walk-in robes and ensuite. Minor bedrooms are positioned away from the living zones to minimize noise transfer.
The Monterey Belle is a single-storey home that encapsulates today’s market --elegant, inspired and original, and offers all the luxuries and superior features usually found in a large double-storey home. The plush atmosphere of the master suite with walk-in robe and a striking ensuite provides the perfect backdrop to three more double-sized bedrooms, all with built-in robes. A theatre, dining, luxurious living area and undercover alfresco area surround the hub of this home, the dazzling designer kitchen and generous butler’s pantry with added storage.
The Vale offers a fresh approach to formal living, allowing guests to be entertained away from the central living area, yet still be connected with the sumptuous entertainer kitchen and easy-flowing outdoor spaces. The master bedroom, located in the front of the home, adjoins both formal and informal spaces yet maintains total privacy. It is well complimented by the alfresco ensuite and very generous walk-in robe. The rear bedrooms open onto the garden spaces, and all feature abundant natural light. The Vale offers a feature study, luxurious powder room and ample storage throughout.
The Flemington 29 was designed to provide clients with an option for east- or west- facing allotments to open up the northern side of the home, maximizing the natural light throughout the central family entertaining area. The use of eaves in areas around the home enhances the energy efficiency, providing shade during the warmer summer months and direct sunlight during winter. Although there is a feeling of openness and space throughout, there are separate areas for a luxurious master retreat, alternative living area and bedrooms.
With four generous-sized bedrooms, including a huge master suite, study, five separate living and entertaining zones, the Palladium 4600 is a decadent double- storey that impresses on sight. Centrally located void spaces in the design create a true sense of grandeur, allowing natural light to stream into the home. A double-sided fireplace between the family and living area adds a sense of warmth, and acts as an interlude before the streamlined and modern kitchen. The contemporary timber staircase is a standout feature of this home, and echoed by a timber paneled bedhead and timber cladding. A spacious walk-in robe and opulent ensuite compliments the master bedroom, while the three minor bedrooms are equally as large. Powder rooms both upstairs and downstairs add an extra element of convenience to this already intelligent design.
The Sheraton 48 has been purposefully created with grandeur and luxury in mind. At its heart, a stunning kitchen and lifestyle area easily cater for large family get-togethers, while serenity and quiet is the theme for the spacious upstairs sleep zone. Unique design features include a dramatic entry foyer opening up to the second storey, a separate study and a huge master suite with walk in robe and ensuite including a spa and oversized shower.
The Designer Series, labeled as “Affordable Luxury”, is a spectacular double-storey home that offers the entire family great lifestyle choices. The design features a private master bedroom with large ensuite plus four substantial bedrooms all of which feature walk-in robes, located on the second level. Five living areas offer ample space for play and entertainment – including an upstairs leisure room, formal living room, sitting room, dining and family room plus the addition of a study. A gleaming designer kitchen with large butler’s pantry facilitates both day-to-day living and perfect entertaining. A beautiful colour palette of neutral shades means that the home presents as immediately warm and inviting.
The first thing that strikes you about Grollo’s latest display home is how different it is from other houses – it really does stand out from the crowd, particularly in a location where the neoclassical style is so prevalent. With a façade combining clever design and use of materials, the uniqueness of this home is evident from the front door to the rooftop. The home boasts five bedrooms, each with its own ensuite, expansive living areas with high ceilings framed cleverly with floor-to-ceiling windows, an expansive garage space and a sense of style that is unquestionable.
Designed around the owner’s desire to ‘downsize’ whilst maintain a feeling of warm sophistication, this four-bedroom home has a contemporary minimal style, in keeping with its surroundings, that offers a timeless appeal. The focus is on maximizing the living and entertainment zones with a natural flow from the expansive, open-plan interior kitchen with butler’s pantry, towards the alfresco dining space and a fully functional second kitchen area serving the outside zone whilst also acting as a laundry space. A carefully selected neutral palette interspersed with industrial elements is the key to achieving a connection between all areas of the home while maintaining elegance with a comfortable, relaxed feel.
The project brief was to deliver a compact home suited to the location that subscribed to the ethos of quality affordability, energy efficiency and sustainability. Making the most of the exquisite location, this striking home with minimal, industrial feel, boasts a 6-star energy rating, is heavily insulated and has double-glazed windows, a 5kW-power system, water tanks, low VOC paints and water efficient tapware. The upstairs features an expansive kitchen, living and dining room that flow out to a feature-suspended-slab deck. The main bedroom and bathroom enjoy views from this first floor and downstairs the guest wing has two bedrooms and a bathroom.
As this home is located in a community-oriented ”village” setting, particular attention was paid to the surroundings of the site. The ‘attic style’ design and spatial awareness both improves the heating quality of the home without spending unnecessarily, and creates views of the village within key spaces throughout the home. Keeping in mind the elderly members of the township and potential desire to ‘downsize’, the master bedroom, ensuite and all main living areas were all positioned on the ground floor. Natural and period-specific elements such as quartz stone bench tops, a freestanding claw bath, solid timber stairs and solid timber seating upstairs all add to the neighbourhood character.
Designed around a brief for a working couple’s “forever home”, this luxurious residence is made up of two bedrooms, an ample walk-in robe, ensuite and a spacious living/entertainment area for the grandchildren. The kitchen features a fully equipped butler’s pantry, magnificent butterfly marble bench tops, porcelain tiles, state-of-the-art appliances and a seamless interface between internal and external zones. This modern home is small in actual space, but speaks volumes in its aesthetic appeal.
This modern, architectural, custom-built home amongst the gum trees utilises elegance in design and natural materials to resonate a deep sense of calm. The four- to five-bedroom family home hosts a fully fitted-out spacious office, wine cellar, and theatre room, completed with an inbuilt tropical fish tank. A lavish kitchen and adjoining butler’s pantry with floor to ceiling cupboard space, and features extensive Ceaserstone bench tops. The expansive living and dining areas are abundant with natural sunlight from the floor length double glazed windows, and overlook a generous entertainment alfresco with pool and built-in barbecue. The enormous master bedroom boasts an expansive boutique-style walk- through robe, a timber-clad balcony and a large ensuite with a generous double shower.
Designed to create a modern contemporary home with crisp lines and symmetry but using a minimalist approach, this three-storey home is focused on entertaining. Given its compact design, the mid-level zone is totally dedicated to an enhanced lifestyle. To create a more light-filled space on the mid-level, a skylight was installed that provides a vast light well that extends down to the mid-level providing both light and warmth to the dining/living space. The open alfresco courtyard is a further extension of this mid-level entertaining zone that features an open plan perimeter seating/planter box arrangement that is fully tiled with built in barbecue facilities as well. The open courtyard adjacent to the middle living zone is one beautiful area and there is another balcony adjoining the upper level theatre/gym room that is covered with synthetic grass that enjoys both the glorious morning sun and views over the diverse city landscape.
The scope of works on this project called for the construction of a spacious double-storey beach house with the emphasis on a lightweight, disaggregated structure with large open spaces, picture windows and multiple balconies to optimise sunlight. Innovative methodologies were utilized; of particular note are the disappearing, sliding, glazed backsplash panels between the kitchen and scullery that enable joint food preparation. Both passive and active principles of sustainability were employed including double-glazed windows, extensive wall, roof and sub floor insulation, onsite waste treatment and the installation of an innovative mobile-activated bushfire sprinkler system.
Construction of this safe, comfortable, accessible “forever home” was complicated by its position. The house straddles a double block, and although it is built over three levels, the family living areas and bedrooms are all contained on the ground level. Upstairs is an office/studio and guest bedroom with ensuite, and below ground is the basement/home theatre which features a window that looks into the swimming pool. The interior boasts heated, polished concrete floors, giving a modern industrial look that is perfectly complimented by the use of spotted gum throughout. The use of quality finishes throughout has created a timeless, elegant home that still has a light-hearted, family-friendly feel.
The design brief for this project was simple: capture the spectacular views from every room. The resulting concept delivered a living pavilion to the left of the entry, a large alfresco dining space, and the main indoor kitchen with fully functional butler’s pantry. The large living and dining space has a raked ceiling connecting to highlight windows and a suspended ‘orb’ rotating fire. To the right of the entry, an articulated gallery provides access to four bedrooms. The master bedroom features extensive custom robe joinery and a full ensuite that, once again, frames the view beyond a freestanding bath and free-form shower. This large ensuite is replicated further down the pavilion as the main bathroom.
The scope of works for this project included the main homestead, an outdoor entertaining pavilion, a pool house with gym and bathroom, blockwork retaining walls, a 40-metre-long water feature, sandstone garden screen walls and sandstone paving. High quality materials, fixtures and fittings were utilised throughout, including the specialized sandstone walling, the curved metal roofing and the large oak cavity sliding doors.
St. Kilda Infill is a unique vertical-living solution, located on a narrow, urban infill site. A key feature is the large atrium space that spans all living floors – allowing for daylight to penetrate deep into the centre of the building. The pattern of mixed-use residential and commercial occupation in the neighbourhood is woven into this building. On the ground floor, a glazed-fronted commercial tenancy has its own dedicated entry, while the other floors feature three separate living areas and four master bedrooms each with their own ensuite. The unusual space has the ability to accommodate a flexibility of housing types – single family, co-living, or even multiple occupancy with potential strata allotments over time.
The client’s vision for Clifftop at Hepburn was about luxury, wellbeing and exclusivity. A destination where flickering flames and floor-to-ceiling windows frame breathtaking views that plunge from the site of an old pine forest down a sheer cliff face to native bush land below. Every inch of the establishment reflects luxury and elegance with bespoke architecture and opulent amenities common to all three retreats. Features include infinity overhanging daybeds, wrap- around glass windows, handcrafted French fireplaces, tone baths, Italian tapware, heated towel racks and palatial double showers, as well as industrial finishes such as wood paneling, steel cladding and charcoal-and-white patterned feature tiling.
Developed as a premium quality townhouse project consisting of four townhouses with basement garages, it was important that Esque was designed to compliment the locality and surrounds of the sought-after Sackville ward. Externally, the design delivers a remarkably modern, contemporary architecture that allows for a seamless transition from the built, to the natural environment. Internally, the design effectively combines luxury and functionality in outstanding cohesion with quality finishes such as marble island bench tops, floor-to-ceiling European natural stone tiling throughout the bathrooms and American Oak timber flooring. Sophisticated finishing elements such as timber screens, concrete feature walls and timber chandeliers are paired with private lifts to all units.
Nestled amongst the green canopy of Toorak, the Tree House development of 18 boutique one- and two- bedroom apartments offer generous living spaces, quality fittings throughout plus parking and storage. Feature terraces and distinctive façade screening allow dappled sun to fill every Tree House apartment with light and warmth. Tree House finishes have been carefully selected to create a contemporary atmosphere. Luxurious Caeserstone bench tops, quality timber flooring, double- glazed windows and sliding doors and pure woolen carpets create an air of distinction. Each apartment is adorned with high quality European fittings and appliances throughout, and timeless design is paired with practicality ensuring that everyday life is that little bit more luxurious.
To achieve an instantly recognizable host of aesthetics the design of this kitchen was based on a simple and elegant modern style incorporating clean lines and a sleek finish. A non-removable supporting wall was turned into a sophisticated feature through the use of decorative panels that extend the flow of the timber on the floors, and incorporates it into the kitchen design. Space was allowed for a deep pantry with two large refrigerators tucked in neatly within the cabinetry, and the beam above the kitchen window was lowered and lengthened to maximize the amount of light and expand the view of the garden.
The kitchen in this project is the doorman, receptionist and concierge of this home. Positioned in the entry on the first level under the three-storey void and flanked by living areas and the home office, the kitchen establishes all expectations for the rest of the home’s interiors. Simple architectural lines, walnut timber cabinetry, white marble bench tops on a white terrazzo floor gives this room a lightness of being. Adjacent to the imposing six-metre island bench is a five-metre scullery concealed behind custom-engineered motorized sliding doors. The design of this hidden space requires minimal use of the hallway thoroughfare without compromising the functionality of the workspace.
At the heart of the modern and sophisticated Sheraton 48 home is a contemporary kitchen and lifestyle area that easily caters for large families and year-round entertaining. Unique design features include an enormous floating double-sided island bench with extra storage and striking downlights for functionality and glamour, as well as a black mirror design feature extending from the main kitchen all the way to the butler’s pantry. The walk-in butler’s pantry features full cabinetry, natural light, a designer sink and hidden shelving.
The transformation of this expansive bathroom into a sleek and stylish space required stripping the ensuite all the way to the frame, as well as some structural work to incorporate a laundry chute to the downstairs laundry. Focus was placed on the free-standing bath, frameless walk in shower, and the premium quality cabinetry offset by a two-toned colour palette of imported tiles and black quartz bench tops. These luxurious fittings are enhanced by the decorative lighting that fills the room with ambient lighting.
The project brief for this master ensuite was for timeless luxury and a point of difference. The design intent was to have an integrated ensuite, robe and bedroom space that flowed into each other by having both an entry and an exit point around a central pod. Good light access from the central void’s glass ceiling was a priority. To achieve functionality and an activity flow, the bathtub, toilet and bidet were intentionally designed for a separate marble wet room divided from the rest of the ensuite by a frameless glass wall. On completion, this ensuite is truly inspiring, being one of the most functional bathing spaces, as well as one of the most exquisite rooms in the house.
The design and construction of the master ensuite befits a home of such presence. Quality fixtures, fittings and finishes were a given, but the two standout features are the raised bath, placed artfully behind the vanity cabinet but in full view of the bedroom space, and the retractable vanity mirrors which allow for a greater connection between the bedroom and ensuite with the press of a button. Marbled walls and floors provide an opulent and timeless feel, with free-floating vanity cabinets and feature lighting adding a splash of elegance.
This spacious three-bedroom home is an outstanding example of energy-efficient design, achieved without sacrificing contemporary standards of finish and aesthetics. With meticulous attention to detail the design achieved a 6-star rating. Both passive and active principles of sustainability were employed including double-glazed windows positioned to allow maximum cross ventilation, extensive wall, roof and sub floor insulation, total onsite waste treatment with grey water fertilization for the gardens, 5kW photovoltaic panels connected to the grid with provision for battery back up and the installation of an innovative mobile-activated bushfire sprinkler system.